George Washington Quilt

Date: about 1876

Culture: American

Medium: Wholecloth printed cotton

Dimensions: 89 1/2 x 79 1/2 in. (227.3 x 201.9 cm)

Classification: Textiles

Credit Line: Gift of Helen W. Hughart, 1985

Accession Number: 1985.347


Washington's likeness appeared on many textiles. The craze for his image may have reached its height in 1876, when the nation celebrated its centennial. This quilt's cotton fabric, roller-printed with trompe-l'oeil relief busts, was most likely printed in the United States. The inscription—noting "Washington" and "Independence / 4th July 1776"—and the backing calico of the browns and reds that were so popular in the 1870s help to date the quilt to the centennial period.